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NABOS Teacher at Sea 2018

Moira's Expedition Blog

September 19- understanding mixing waters September 23, 2018 - Good morning! We are slowly headed southwest completing our transect. Our last mooring recovery will be tomorrow. On the September 5 blog entry, I explained that a station may include any of the following: Mooring recoveries and deployments Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (CTD) Underway, Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (UCTD) Micro Structure Profiler (MSS) casts Bongo ...
September 18- shrinking Styrofoam cups September 22, 2018 - September 18 After a five-day break due to the ice stations, only a few CTD casts were done, but we are now back in full force. This afternoon’s (even though it is pitch black outside) cast had special cargo onboard- Styrofoam cups. Two hundred cups were decorated by Watershed School (Fairbanks, Alaska) students and staff, ...
September 16-17- ice measurements September 21, 2018 - September 16 We finished our last ice station with a ‘hop on’ (small station). Now we are heading southwest out of the ice. It is sad to be leaving the ice, but the open water has its own uniqueness-  the feeling of being on a ship with the lulling motion and the birds are back! ...
September 15- setting the Watershed boats afloat September 20, 2018 - We are staying in the same general area looking for and working on ice stations. An enormous heartfelt thank you to the Trans-Arctic Ice (TICE) team for letting me join them on the ice. This was definitely one of the highlights of the cruise so far. What made it exceptionally special was the deployment of ...
September 13-14- the ice station September 19, 2018 - September 13 Everyone is exhausted after the exciting big ice station that started at 9:00 pm last night and ended around 11:30 this morning. Twenty-five scientists and students participated in the ice activities, and two polar bear guards took turns standing watch. I would like to continue the conversation started yesterday by introducing the two ...
September 11-12- standing on ice September 18, 2018 - September 11 There is always something exciting going on! I was asked what I do when I’m not working. I spend an awful lot of time on the aft helo and the bow fo’c’sle decks observing the ice and looking for wildlife. Now, I have been looking for polar bears. Last night, after helping with ...
September 10- Polar bear and lab work September 17, 2018 - A polar bear was spotted! I didn’t get to see it, but hopefully I will see one soon. The ice concentration is getting higher and we are breaking thicker pieces of ice. Scientist Spotlight: Chemical Oceanographer Matt Alkire, Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington. Matt is a member of the NABOS science team. The main ...
September 6-9- ice and birds September 12, 2018 - September 6 Just as I was getting ready to go to bed last night I heard the ‘hit the ice rumble’ but this rumble was louder and lasted longer. When I looked out the porthole all I could see was ice. Even though I was exhausted I bundled up and went up to the helo ...
September 4-5 – sea creatures September 5, 2018 - September 4 Rosetta Update: Rosetta moved from her sleeping pad in the left-hand corner below the porthole to under a piece of crumpled paper behind her home. Zzzzzzzzzzz! Scientist Spotlight: Marine Ecologist Vasily Povazhnyy. Vasily usually studies copepods, but on this cruise, he is looking for Polar Cod fish larvae. I had the opportunity to ...
September 3- Rosetta the bumblebee September 4, 2018 - We are still slowly moving south. The ocean is a little rough today, enough for the bridge to announce that a huge swell was coming and to make sure everything was secure. This morning’s mooring recovery was tough. The crew had to wear goggles, sun glasses or some other type of eye protection because of ...
August 31- September 2- NABOS mooring recovery September 4, 2018 - August 31 I peeked out my port holes at about 3:30 this morning and was rewarded with beautiful views of softening pack ice. This is the first time the temperature has dipped below freezing. I planned to go to the bow (front) so I made sure I dressed warmly which ended up being a good ...
August 30- snow and rough seas August 31, 2018 - Snow!!! Much rougher seas today! The wind speed went up from 4.1 yesterday to 38.3 m/s today. When I walked out on the helo deck I had to hold on to anything that was around so I wouldn’t fall over. It’s even difficult to walk in the hallways. This is why wearing sandals and slippers ...
August 29- NABOS in the news August 31, 2018 - It was rainy and overcast all day. We are still in the same area where we have been for the last couple of days. The CATS crew continues to work around the clock to finish their deployments and recoveries. The NABOS crew is putting on final touches of their preparation and is pretty much ready ...
August 28- Kompot August 29, 2018 - Sunny!!! Yay!! We enjoyed the sunshine while it lasted. By early evening it was overcast with rain. I woke up to the biggest iceberg I have seen so far. There weren’t so many smaller pieces of ice today, just random larger bergs. Today, I would like to share the kompot recipe. On the ship, kompot ...
August 26-27- ICE! August 28, 2018 - August 26 Ice!!!! I changed to the top bunk in my cabin so I can see out the port holes. This morning when I glanced out, I saw small pieces of ice. By the time I jumped out of bed and ran upstairs to the helo deck the ice chunks had gotten bigger. This is ...